You might have read in a previous post that my mother is my partner in crime, if you will.  We travel the world together and have elevated both shopping and food to a religious experience.  Now everyone always likes to say that there Mom is the best cook…well when it comes to cooking I think I can safely say that my Mom kicks your Mom’s…well, you get the idea.

I jest, but in all seriousness my mother taught me pretty much everything I know about cooking and I remember spending time in the kitchen growing up watching her prepare magnificent meals.  This is likely where I gained my love of entertaining.  My parents (both of whom are still very much with us) loved to entertain and never did anything on a small scale.  The looked for any excuse to throw a fête and were constantly entertaining – it is just what they do.

Well, I have asked my mother to share a few of her delicious recipes with my readers and she gladly agreed.  Now, I am not going to post them all at once but thought I would start with what is likely my favorite, Mom’s tomato sauce with meatballs.  This sauce takes over 6 hours to cook but fear not, it is done in a crock pot so there is minimal stress.  I remember my mother prepping a pot just before bed and awakening to the smell of sauce wafting though the house.  I used to sneak into the kitchen and have a meatball for breakfast.  Mom never minded because, as all Mom’s do, she knew her sons and husband often could not resist and would always make extra meatballs.

It’s funny the things we remember – the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the experiences.  I can say without a doubt that food was a major part of my childhood and some of the best times were spent around the dining room table.

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